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Old 04-19-2014, 10:07 AM
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I wish my wife wanted any computer. Let alone a pink beast. Would be fun to build. My wife has a solid hatred for my nerd side lol.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:17 AM
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I wish my wife wanted any computer. Let alone a pink beast. Would be fun to build. My wife has a solid hatred for my nerd side lol.
Don't tell her it's a computer. Just tell her it's a pretty Pinterest browser and that it's all the rage with the young kids these days.
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Nice Idea.

And good setup.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:57 PM
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Nice Idea.

And good setup.
Thanks Vijz! So far, the wife-y is diggin' the way it looks. Lots more good stuff to come!
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Build log index and hardware list updated in the opening post. Three weeks in and it's still up to date! This is so unlike me....
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Looking pretty good
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I'm really pumped about adding this next sponsor to this build. A hint.....

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Here are pics of the last of my Corsair sponsored items. The Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kits!





These come in the same awesome packaging as the actual RAM modules do. Again....Corsair knows how to package their flagship line of products.





The kit requires you to replace the aluminum cover that comes on the light bar, with the ones in the kit. The ones in the kit have the cut-outs on top of the light bar. So....not only do you get that soft glow going downward that the regular light bars give you...you also get a glow of light showing through the cut-outs on top.





There are two different color inserts that come with the light bar upgrade kit. Blue and White. My goal with these is a little color modification. I think I want to take the black aluminum heat fins and have those powder coated in the same pink as the case. Then, I would take the aluminum light bar covers (the upgrade kit version), and have those powder coated the same black as the inside of the case. For the actual light...I'd like it to glow pink instead of white. I think that would look really boss to have the light bar cover be black, but a soft pink glow coming out of the cut-outs.

I've got a couple of different ideas. First idea, is I've picked up some pink lighting gels in a few different shades, from a local studio lighting store here. I could cut the gels to fit the lightbar. That is one option. The other idea is to use the same dye process I did on the sleeving in my last build....and actually dye the light bar and inserts to be pink. I'd have to do some samples and see how much light is transmitted both ways.

I'll take a lot of pictures of the trial and errors here as I get started on it. But I'm excited about the idea of having the only black and pink set of Corsair Dominator Platinums around. It will be a fun mod. I'm still deciding whether or not I want to replace the stickers on the RAM with some custom ones...., leave them as-is,.....or just remove them altogether.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:47 AM
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Three awesome major league sponsors is worthy of a sponsor plaque. Introducing.....




That is three companies that really know a thing or two about computer components. An incredible trio of power. I still can't believe that they are all sponsoring this build. Quite humbling actually. For those of you that followed my last build....you are probably painfully aware that I'll do a little photo shoot of each component I get...before the real assembly/modding starts to take place. But be patient....that day will come.

Plus...I think I may be on the verge of announcing another sponsor. Or two. :D :D :D :D :D Stay tuned!
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:24 PM
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Check out the bounty which springs forth from Slovenia.....





Of course there will be a series of shot for each major item group coming up over the next few days. Some of this stuff is bea-u-ti-ful! Thanks EK!
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:16 AM
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First up for the photoshoot out of my large and generous EK care package.....the XTX rads!





Like Corsair...EK is another one of the companies who always packages their products well. Attractive, protective, functional....







Comes with a set of long screws (30mm) and short screws, to get you through almost any installation.





Ahhhh....That's a good looking radiator. Nothing new about the XTX series....but it's EK's flagship line of radiators, and is always one of the top performers in testing.





The finish is superb, and the fins were almost perfect. It comes with 2x of the temporary stop fittings shown below, that you won't use. And also 2x of the nicer EK stop fittings. Allen wrench for the stop fittings included.





At 64mm thick, these are thicker than the SR-1's I used on my last build. Look and feel "muscle-y". Tough. I also love this bleed/fill/drain port on the bottom of the radiator. Could definitely come in handy.





Wait. What's that......





Oh yes. Of course. Rascally lil' panther.





My favorite shot....





I'm thinking about getting a small brush and using some Pink acrylic paint to fill in that EK logo on the side of the radiator.





Couldn't resist quickly putting on some fans to see what they look like on the rads. Love them!









The Mercury S8 will hold a 360 radiator in every spot that I'm using a 240. The reason I opted for the 240's was really that I didn't want to make anything feel crowded. By using 240's on the top of the case and in the flex-bays....this will leave me a little pocket of room for accessories in the flex bay that are longer (blu-ray, etc.), or for sleeving runs from shorter accessories. For the one that is side mounted in the bottom of the case, using a 240 leaves me a little pocket of space right behind the switch plate for all the cabling running from the front of the computer to the motherboard and other places. Could you still fit everything if you were using 360's? Probably. But it would be much tighter and cramped. That's not the look I'm going for with this build. Plus...3x 240's is probably more than enough radiator space to cool this Pinterest powerhouse!

Taking pictures of the CPU block now......more later.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:05 PM
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This lil' cat keeps getting into my stuff.....





I didn't use much black sleeving in my last build....so this is my left over Black MDPC-X Family Pack, from the Big Budget Boomer Box materials. Perhaps I'll have a chance to use some black sleeving on this build......
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:09 AM
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Picture time! Today we are getting another item out of our wonderful EK care package. The EK Supremacy CPU Waterblock.





Once again, it's a nice looking package. Maybe Aquacomputer should go visit the EK warehouse and learn how to package things up nicely. I like Aquacomputer products....but my goodness. Sometimes their products come in a box that looks like it's been used about 20 times and almost never fits what is inside the box. EK packaging is a whole different world from Aquacomputer.

Lets open up this gorgeous box.....







Underneath the layers of cardboard and protective foam....the stuff is even then packaged in little plastic bags.....





The waterblock itself is packaged in a plastic bag with a sticker that seals it up as the original factory packaging.....





Mr. Panther likes the block. I went with the "Clean CSQ Nickel" version. I like these more than the original CSQ design with the cirlces.




The sticker says "remove" folks. Don't be a Chesty Spankers. :p





The block comes with 4 different jet plates. The one installed is their generic good performer, but there are specific plates of different thicknesses and width of openings, that are tailored for particular processors. The one on the far right is for LGA2011 processors, so I'll be swapping out for that one.





EK even includes some Gelid Extreme TIM, which is a good TIM. Nice touch.





Who's that good looking kitty? Who's that good looking kitty!





The base is nice and polished. Very well done.....







I really like the brushed aluminum look of the EK badges, and how they have used this design element across all of their product lines. EK even threw in some extra of these little disks for me so that if I have some inspiration on how to use them.....I'll be able to. Ideas anyone?








In the picture above and below you can get a feel for the difference in the sides of the block and the top of the block. The sides of the block retain a more "frosted" appearance, while the top of the block is more "clear". Also, when you get up close on a straight-on shot...you can see the machining marks in the block still. These are on the inside of the block in the water chamber portion. The outside of the block looked nice and smooth.





I'll be using the "lowfat" polishing method on this thing, and will take the frosted look off the sides, and smooth out the water chamber so that this thing looks like glass. Lots more pictures of that as I start the work.....


I took the block all the way apart and this is what the cold plate looks like naked.....







Well....after all those pictures and handling of the block...I had gotten it quite dirty. So I got a little pan of water out and put the block in it so I could clean it. Suddenly, and without warning....the cooling power of the EK-Supremacy manifested itself in a shocking display of frigidness.....











:p :p :p :p This block can keep things chilly! More to come!
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I like my martini's dirty.....but I like my blocks clean!






I told him that the block would help keep things chilly. He didn't really get it.....









I'll try and anticipate the questions before they even come.....

- Yes.....that is really gin.
- Yes.....it is a dirty martini
- No......I wasn't brave enough to drink it afterwards. But I did pour myself a fresh one.
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I wanted to get a feel for my options on placing the pumps and reservoir, so I threw all the components I have so far in the case so I could get a better look.....





This is not the motherboard I'll be using.....this is my spare for the BBBB. But it's about the same size as the one I have my eye on. There are not many options for me on this side of the case. The cabling coming out of the PSU will take up most of the space between PSU and radiator, and I'll have some flex bay items (aquaero, card reader, etc.) in the upper flex bays on this side also.






That area at the front of the case on this side is where I have the most space available. I'm going to make the pink coolant the highlight of the inside, so mounting the reservoir behind that front window is definitely an option I'll consider. Putting in two pumps will require some more creativity.





I'll have pictures probably tomorrow of the EK pump tops I received, and they are huge. Beautiful...and huge. Much larger than the Bitspower tops I used in the BBBB. If I want to center the reservoir in the front window (and I think I do), there is no room on the midplate floor to mount both pumps. And the pump tops are so beautiful (really freakin' beautiful) that they should be displayed in a window also. I may need to build some type of vertical mount myself to put the pumps behind the reservoir, but facing the side window. They would have to be lifted off the ground and inch or two...because otherwise they would block access to the SATA ports. It would be sweet to have the bottom of the GPU cards and the two pump tops, all flowing with pink coolant, be what dominates the left side window.





Remember back in one of my early posts about how the dimensions of the case were important to me because of where it would be located? These two pics give a good feel for the size of the space I was dealing with, and how perfect the S8 fits that space.







Must go work on finishing the pump top pictures. I'm in love with the pump tops!
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